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Obituary for Sven Kalnins (1948-2021)
Sven Kalnins, age 73, of Ottsville, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital of Bethlehem, ending his battle with cancer. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Sven was the son of Laimons and Viktoria Kalnins, who both predeceased him. Sven was also the devoted husband of the late Dace Kalnins. Sven was survived by Sarma Kalnins of Perkasie, PA, as well as Grant (Courtney) Kalnins of Mechanicsburg, PA, which he was the loving father of. He is also survived by his 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson that he adored, and his brother, Glenn (Charla) Kalnins of Suwanee, GA.
Mr. Kalnins, a devout and very active member of First Latvian Baptist Church of Philadelphia, was also a graduate of Wissahickon High School, Class of 1967 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History at Temple University, Class of 1971. He worked as a self-employed upholsterer for many years and enjoyed staying active as a soccer coach, relaxing with a good book, watching his three grandchildren play sports or enjoying a soccer game on TV with his family.
Relatives and friends are invited to The Bernard S. Gutkowski Funeral Home, 305 Jefferson Street, Swedesburg, PA 19405, Keith J. Murphy, F.D. 610-275-6385, www.gutkowskifuneralhome.com, on Saturday, December 18, where Sven’s viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until his funeral service begins at 11a.m. Interment will follow the service in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
PO Box 3000, Boone NC 28607